Will the Proteas win the 2007 Cricket World Cup?

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CLIVE RICE For­mer Protea player

WHETHER WE WIN de­pends on in­di­vid­ual out­stand­ing per­for­mances. At the mo­ment there are too many prob­lems in the side. We don’t have a bal­anced team. We also have a poor spin de­part­ment, which has been win­ning games for other teams in this Cricket World Cup. If we get it (the cup) home, you’ll say we were lucky. We have to play more con­sis­tently.

DAVID SHAPIRO Sas­fin in­vest­ment ex­pert

YES, I THINK they’ll win the Cricket World Cup as long as they adopt a win­ning at­ti­tude. They’re peak­ing at the right time. The way they changed the line-up dur­ing the Eng­land match paid div­i­dends. The com­bi­na­tion looks po­tent. There’s a very good chance the Proteas will bring the cup home – if they keep away from bad things.

FANIE DE VIL­LIERS For­mer Protea player

WE HAVEN’T the best and most bal­anced team in the West Indies. We play that kind of cricket in the World Cup. We’re ranked num­ber one – but play like we’re ranked num­ber four in the world. We have a small chance of win­ning the World Cup, but there’s al­ways a chance in one-day cricket. Even if we win we need to look at the struc­tures of our cricket.

TONY TWINE Econometrix econ­o­mist

EV­ERY­THING is pos­si­ble. As long as they’re fo­cused, they’ll win the Cricket World Cup. That’s what re­ally let them down… be­ing side­tracked. If they con­cen­trate like they did in the Eng­land home.” game I see the cup com­ing

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